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We appreciate the help and support of our staff, students and families as we respond to the challenges of the pandemic.

November 24, 2021

ISD 709 School News for Families

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>Message from John Magas, Superintendent
>IMPORTANT! Please Be Prepared If a School Bus Route Is Cancelled
>MN Education & Health Leaders Urge COVID Safety
>COVID Vax Opportunities for Ages 5 and Older
>COVID Safe Learning Plan
>We Need School Bus Drivers!
>In The News: ISD 709 Duluth Preschool Opens Nature Playscapes
>Denfeld Rocks Christmas City of the North Parade
>Ordean East Spelling Bee Success
>Affirmation, Compassion, Kindness
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November 24, 2021

IMPORTANT! Be Prepared If a School Bus Route Is Cancelled

School bus driver shortages and rising COVID rates make it possible this school year that there may be days where a school bus route must be cancelled at the last minute.
Cancelling a school bus route at the last minute is not a preferred strategy and we hope we never have to take this step. However, Duluth school district schools and staff are preparing for this possibility and to ensure families are prepared as well.
  • The need to cancel a school bus route for a day may be announced the night before or early in the morning (between 5AM to 6:15AM) much like a snow day.
  • The bus route will be referred to by School Name/AM or PM Service/Route Number. In Infinite Campus Parent Portal you can check your child’s morning and afternoon route numbers.
  • Families impacted by the bus route cancellation will be notified:
    • Automated phone call from the school district
    • Email from the school district
    • Text from the school district (if the family is set up to receive texts)
  • Families impacted by the school bus route cancellation can either:
    • Provide transportation for their child in place of that route or
    • Keep their child home and, as long as they report the absence to the school, It will be considered excused.
  • Families, especially those with elementary age students, should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of a school bus route cancellation.
Please know that we are all doing our best to work through challenges specific to school bus transportation and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we do so. We apologize for any inconvenience changes may cause.
The Duluth school district continues to actively recruit new bus drivers and there are currently new drivers in training. We encourage anyone interested in becoming a school bus driver to apply at www.ISD709.org/Jobs.

November 19, 2021

ISD 709 School News for Families

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>Message from Anthony Bonds, Assistant Superintendent
>Misaabekong Teacher Recognized for Excellence
>MN Education & Health Leaders Urge COVID Safety
>COVID Vax Opportunities for Ages 5 and Older
>COVID Safe Learning Plan
>Invitation to Join EEAC
>Help Students Learn a Career In Construction
>ISD 709 Nature Playscapes Open
>We Need School Bus Drivers!
>In The News: Misaabekong, Piedmont, Lowell, Ordean East, Lincoln Park.
>Denfeld HS Rock Your Mocs
>Duluth East Students Earn Academic Letters
>Congdon Park Students Honor Veterans, Share Hopes & Dreams
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November 12, 2021

ISD 709 School News for Families

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>Message from John Magas, Superintendent
>Thank You, Veterans
>Thank You, Duluth Community Education
>MN Education Commissioner Visits Lester Park
>Invitation to Join EEAC
>Help High School Students Learn a Career
>Update: Blended Learning Initiative
>Cold, Snowy Weather Strategies
>We’re Recruiting – Join Our Team!
>Denfeld HS Theater Presents: Dancing at Lughnasa, Nov 11 – 13
>Denfeld Automotive Studies Latest Tech
>Honoring Those Who Served, Denfeld HS Concert
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Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

Email: ReturnToLearn@ISD709.org

Resources: MN Department of Health

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Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Resources: St. Louis County Health Department

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